Sergio Ramos yesterday announced his retirement from international football after 18 years with the national side.
With 180 appearances for the national team, the 36-year-old defender became Spain’s most capped player after making his debut in 2005. Ramos, who was also a member of the Spanish squad that triumphed at the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 World Cup, thinks it’s time to retire.
Sergio Ramos was left out of the World Cup squad in Qatar, with the then-manager Luis Enrique deciding to trust the youngsters.
In a statement posted on his social media pages, the PSG defender thanked all the fans who have supported him through his time: “I come away with unforgettable memories, all the titles we’ve fought for and celebrated together, and the tremendous pride I feel as the most capped Spanish international of all time.” This badge, this shirt, and these fans, all of you, have made me happy. “My heartfelt thanks to all of you who believed in me!” He wrote.